Kansas Elects Two ID-Friendly School Board Members

first_imgAccording to John Calvert writing for Access Research Network, Kansans defeated two pro-evolution candidates for the state school board, electing instead Kathy Martin and Steve Abrams who both oppose the “evolution-only” policy.    Martin won against Bruce Wyatt, an incumbent who based his entire campaign on the need to keep intelligent design or creation out of the classroom.  Apparently voters tired of Wyatt’s one-issue campaign and took more of a liking to Kathy Martin, an experienced school teacher who tried to keep the campaign focused on the needs of students instead of letting it get bogged down over the “E” word.    Despite her efforts, Wyatt and the media kept returning to the evolution vs. intelligent design issue, reminding everyone what a horrible decision the school board made in 1999 when they “downplayed” evolution.  The strategy apparently backfired.  Calvert feels the vote is significant because “it also reflects a defeat of the media that seemed to try their best to hinder the election of Martin and Abrams.”Darwin Party hacks should realize that the public may tire of their tirades, and demand that their board stop the haggling and focus on educating their kids to read and write and learn to become productive members of society.  But the new board members had better get their armor on; round two of the Kansas Ooze-slinging Attack Campaign will begin as soon as they give any faint hint of a suggestion of opening minds to doubts about Charlie darling.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fatigue crack led to Rex propeller loss

first_imgThe Rex Saab after it had landed safely. Australian safety investigators have issued an international advisory after fatigue cracking was found in the engine of Regional Express aircraft which lost a propeller while on approach to Sydney Airport last month.The propeller flew off the right engine of the Saab 340B turboprop aircraft as the crew shut it down about 55 nautical miles southwest of Sydney Airport on March 17. The crew calmly continued on to land safely at Sydney after declaring a PAN-PAN, an alert a step below declaring an emergencyThe propeller was recovered a few days later in bush about 8nm south-west of the airport.Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators found the propeller shaft had fractured after a fatigue crack had started in a mounting flange connected to the gear box.The crack originated in a dowel hole which was corroded in parts and corrosion pitting was found near the fracture. “Further work is ongoing to ascertain whether the corrosion or other factors contributed to the fracture initiation,’’ investigators said.This was the first known critical failure of this type in this part of GE Aviation CT7-9B engine and investigators noted there are currently no maintenance requirements for routine inspection of the dowel pin holes.“Any corrosion or cracking within the bore may go undetected until it progresses to the surface of the flange,’’ they said “Other than a visual inspection of the flange during propeller removal, inspection for surface defects (via magnetic particle inspection or dye penetrant inspection) only occurs when the (propeller gearbox) is disassembled for maintenance at a workshop specifically approved by the engine manufacturer.’’Engine-maker GE Aviation has been actively involved in the investigation and the broken flange has been taken to the company’s laboratories in Cincinnati in the US for further metallurgical analysis.GE is inspecting other propeller gear boxes and is expected to release additional maintenance and inspection procedures if they are deemed necessary.Regional Express also quarantined all propeller gearboxes with propeller shafts of the same series and the ATSB has issued a safety advisory notice alerting other operators to the incident.The report said the pilots noticed a problem with the engine on approach to Sydney and began to go through a checklist.They noticed minor vibrations which worsened as the checklist progressed and started shutdown procedures.It was while they were doing this that the propeller separated.Fatigue cracking is often difficult to detect and can be due to corrosion or defects in the part. The only other instance of a propeller flying off a Saab aircraft occurred in 1991 on a plane operated by US carrier Comair.In that case, the aircraft also landed safely after experiencing similar problems to the Australian crew. The failure was eventually traced to a sub-surface flaw introduced when an ingot was melted to make the part. The ATSB investigation is continuing and will look at areas such as the way in which the failed assembly was manufactured, what corrosion protection was on the part’s surface and propeller gearbox maintenance procedures.It will also look for “opportunities” for crack detection.last_img read more

Immigrating to South Africa

first_imgThinking of settling in South Africa? Here’s information on immigration categories, requirements and application procedures, and the answers to some frequently asked questions.Sunrise over the Johannesburg city skyline. South Africa is a land of opportunity for many, attracting immigrants from across Africa, and the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)To immigrate and live in South Africa, you need a permanent residence permit. This permit grants the holder all the rights, privileges, duties and obligations of a citizen, except for those which are explicitly ascribed to citizenship.Important noteThis article is currently under review as the regulations covering immigration and visas have been changed. In the meantime, please visit the Department of Home Affairs at www.dha.gov.za for more information.Read more:Visiting South Africa: visasSouth Africa tightens immigration rulesSouth Africa opens new visa facilitation centresSouth Africa to enforce new regulations on travelling with kidsThis information is a guide only. Requirements for immigration to South Africa are subject to change, and each application is treated as an individual case. Always make enquiries before travelling to South Africa.Where can I make enquiries about immigration?See Department of Home Affairs website for information on permanent residence permits.Find out where to apply in your own country from this list of South African offices abroad.South Africa’s immigration policy is embodied in the Immigration Act, which prescribes the requirements which are to be met by an applicant who wishes to immigrate to the country permanently.Read the Act in full: Immigration Act (No 13 of 2002)Who can immigrate to South Africa?South African immigration law aims to protect the health and security of South Africans, as well as their rights to employment opportunities in the country.South Africa has a vast reserve of unskilled and semi-skilled workers. Generally, a prospective immigrant to South Africa should not follow an occupation for which there are already sufficient people available to meet the country’s needs. Unskilled and semi-skilled workers, in particular, will not usually be accepted as immigrant workers in South Africa.Conversely, immigrants who are in a position to contribute to the broadening of South Africa’s economic base will be welcomed. Applications by skilled workers in occupations for which there is a shortage in the country are encouraged – particularly applications by industrialists and other entrepreneurs who wish to relocate their existing businesses or establish new concerns in South Africa.What are the requirements for immigration?Because of the need to create job opportunities for South African workers, prospective immigrants should be seriously committed to investing their assets, skills and experience for the benefit of themselves and the people of South Africa.If you wish to immigrate permanently to South Africa, you should be of “good and sound character” and not follow an occupation in which there are already sufficient people available to meet the country’s needs.In order to make an application for a permanent residency permit, applicants must first submit representation to the Minister of Home Affairs motivating why he or she should be declared not to be a prohibited person or an undesirable person.All applications for permanent residence are considered individually on merit by an autonomous statutory body, the Immigrants Selection Board.Immigration categoriesPermanent residence permits are divided into two main categories:Direct residence (Section 26): This is issued to foreigners who have been on a work permit for five years and who have received a permanent offer of employment. In general, if a foreigner meets all the requirements, their spouse and children under 21 will likewise qualify for permanent residence.Residence on other grounds (Section 27): This includes foreigners who:have been made a job offer within certain conditionspossess exceptional skills or qualificationsintend to set up a business in South Africathose who intend to retire hereare financially independentqualify as refugeesrelatives of a South African citizenAll immigration applicants older than 21 must submit to a personal interview.Where do I apply for immigration?In general, you should apply for immigration to South Africa while in your country of residence, and await the outcome of your application before proceeding to South Africa. You should apply at your nearest South African office abroad.However, you may apply for immigration while in South Africa – at your nearest Home Affairs provincial office – if:You are in the country on a valid work permit; orYou are married to, or the child of, a South African citizen or permanent resident, and are in South Africa on a valid temporary residence permit; orYou are being sponsored for immigration purposes by a blood family member who is permanently and lawfully resident in South Africa and are in South Africa on a valid temporary residence permit; orYou have been exempted from the requirement to hold a temporary residence permit.How long is my permit valid for?Once you have been granted permanent residence, you need never to apply again. However, you must take up residence in South Africa within a year of being granted permanent residence.Brand South Africa reporter, incorporating information from the Department of Home Affairs Reviewed: 10 March 2014Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Broadband access a priority for Farm Bureau

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau is continuing to work with state leaders on having broadband accessible for all Ohioans across the state. Entire Ohio communities continue to have no broadband connectivity or limited reliability, putting them at an economic disadvantage, said Jenna Beadle, OFBF director of state policy.“The biggest thing we hear from our members about not having broadband is the economic impact for those in the workplace and how even students are affected because they increasingly have to do their homework online and can’t always run over to McDonald’s or their local library for Wi-Fi access,” she said.Last year the state legislature failed to pass a bill establishing a residential broadband expansion program through the Ohio Department of Development Services. Ohio Farm Bureau has been meeting with state leaders to reintroduce the bill, which would provide grant money to help offset the high infrastructure cost for companies putting broadband into areas with few customers.The 2018 Farm Bill addressed broadband, requiring the Trump administration to create a 20-agency task force to determine ways federal agencies can support expanded broadband access. The task force recently made recommendations for streamlining the permitting process, using federal assets to lower the cost for projects and using data from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to create more accurate maps to show where broadband is still limited or lacking. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased USDA’s authority to create grants and loans for middle-mile projects.StatAbout 39 percent of rural Americans don’t have access to broadband, compared with just 4 percent of urban Americans. Source: Federal Communications Commission  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Lionel Messi bids adieu to Kolkata in style

first_imgLionel Messi ended his five-day Kolkata sojourn on Sunday, mesmerising a thousand-odd crowd who sneaked in during Argentina’s ‘close door’ practice session at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan.The Argentine superstar did not interact with the Indian media nor did he take part in any promotional programme during his stay for their one-off FIFA international friendly against Venezuela on September 2.But in his last appearance at the sprawling 120,000 capacity stadium, Messi enthralled the handful crowd by not only scoring a goal during a practice match, but dispatched three footballs to the stand with his powerful left-footer before entering the players’ tunnel, waving his last goodbye.It was quite an emotional moment as the spectators stood up, giving ovation to the Argentine magician as ‘Messi, Messi’ reverberated in the gallery.There was no let up in their practice session either as Alejandro Sabella’s boys geared up for the Nigeria challenge in Dhaka on September 6 with a rigorous practice session lasting more than an hour.After a routine stretching, Sabella divided the squad into two equal groups as Messi and his first team partners, including the likes of Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain registered a 2-0 win.Messi scored the first goal dribbling from the midfield with a solo run in the first half, while Higuain struck in the second session.The Lionel Messi-captained Argentina, after their 1-0 win over Venezuela on September 2, take on Nigeria for a second FIFA international friendly in Dhaka on September 6.The Argentines are scheduled to fly out of Kolkata at 9.30 am on Monday. advertisementlast_img read more

Defending champions England knocked out by Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lanka knocked out defending champions England from the World Twenty20, beating them by 19 runs in a crucial Super Eights match at the Pallekele International Stadium here Monday.Chasing a target of 170, England managed 150 for nine in 20 overs after Samit Patel struck 67 off 48 balls. Man of the Match Lasith Malinga finished with five for 31.The following is the scoreboard of the World Twenty20 encounter between Sri Lanka and England in the Super Eights stage at the Pallekele International stadium here Monday.Sri Lanka:Mahela Jayawardene c Morgan b Swann 42Tillekaratne Dilshan lbw Finn 16Kumar Sangakkara c Bairstow b Swann 13    Angelo Mathews b Broad 28Jeevan Mendis c Bopara b Broad 18    Lahiru Thirimanne b Broad 13    Thisara Perera not out 26    Nuwan Kulasekara not out 1Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 6)    12    Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 169Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Dilshan, 4.4 overs), 2-74 (Jayawardene, 10.1), 3-74 (Sangakkara, 10.2), 4-126 (Jeevan Mendis, 15.3), 5-126 (Mathews, 15.4), 6-162 (Thirimanne, 18.5)Bowling:Steve Finn 4-0-24-1    Jade Dernbach 4-0-42-0    Stuart Broad 4-0-32-3Graeme Swann 4-0-26-2    Ravi Bopara 2-0-12-0    Samit Patel 2-0-27-0England:Luke Wright c Dilshan b Malinga 12    Alex Hales lbw Malinga 3    Jonny Bairstow c Kulasekara b Malinga 2Samit Patel b Malinga 67    Eoin Morgan lbw Dananjaya 10Ravi Bopara b Jeevan Mendis 1Jos Buttler c Ajantha Mendis b Malinga 8Stuart Broad c Jayawardene b Dananjaya 1Graeme Swann b Kulasekara 34Steve Finn not out 1Jade Dernbach not out 2Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 3, nb 1) 9    Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 150    Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Wright, 2.3 overs), 2-18 (Bairstow, 2.5), 3-18 (Hales, 2.6), 4-73 (Morgan, 10.2), 5-76 (Bopara, 11.4), 6-91 (Buttler, 13.4), 7-93 (Broad, 14.1), 8-144 (Patel, 18.5), 9-147 (Swann, 19.2)Bowling:    Angelo Mathews    3-0-21-0    Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-22-1    Lasith Malinga    4-0-31-5    Ajantha Mendis    4-0-40-0    Akila Dananjaya    4-0-26-2    Jeevan Mendis    1-0-5-1Toss: England, who chose to fieldResult: Sri Lanka won by 19 runsMan of the match: Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and S.J.A. Taufel (Australia)TV umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)Match referee: Javagal Srinath (India)advertisementlast_img read more

Stuntin On Em David Ortiz Breaks MLB Record

David Ortiz has become Major League Baseball’s all-time designated hitter.In a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night, Big Papi smashed a double to left-center field, which earned the 37-year-old Boston Red Sox slugger’s 1,689th hit as a designated hitter. The hit helped Ortiz surpass Harold Baines as the all-time leader among DHs.“It’s good to be mentioned with some of the greatest hitters that ever played the game,” Ortiz said. “I used to love to watch Edgar. He was a wonderful hitter. Wonderful hitters and when I first came up watching those guys. Now for your name to get mentioned next to theirs, it’s a wonderful thing.”

Guardiola Sane is the best winger in the world

first_imgPep Guardiola has declared Leroy Sane as the world’s best winger ahead of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea on Sunday.The Germany international came off the bench on Wednesday to equalise for City against former club Schalke 04 in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash by scoring a superb free-kick from 30 yards out.Sane’s goal helped inspire 10-man City to a 3-2 comeback victory on the night and he will now be eyeing a starting spot at Wembley this weekend as the Citizens chase a second successive Carabao Cup.But opportunities at the Etihad Stadium have been a little harder to come by this season for Sane due to Bernardo Silva’s adeptness down the right wing and Raheem Sterling’s fine form.However, Guardiola holds Sane in very high regard and will not contemplate moving him down the middle.“Playing in the middle he can do it,” said Guardiola on the club website.“But I think he’s better out wide.“I’m not saying he can’t (play in middle) but at the moment we have better players to do that job.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But Leroy is best playing in the world out wide. I’d prefer to use him where he is strongest, he’s an incredible player.”The former Barcelona coach is well aware of the importance that this weekend’s cup final can have on his City team and is wary of a possible revenge-seeking Chelsea, who they thrashed 6-0 in the league on February 10.“It was really important [to win the Carabao Cup],” revealed Guardiola.“In the Premier League, we were flying in that period but in the days before, we went out of the FA Cup at Wigan.“It is not the most important title but we are here, playing at Wembley – a magical stadium, against a top side in Chelsea.“In the moment, I was so happy but today, I wish we hadn’t beaten them 6-0!“I don’t like to play one team in a short period of time, after you’ve beaten them. They are professional players and they will go extra.”The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and City will take place at Wembley on Sunday with kick-off set for 5:30 PM (CET).GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more